Gov. Evers announces new public-private lab partnership to increase COVID-19 testing


MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday a partnership between public and private laboratories in an effort to increase Wisconsin’s COVID-19 testing capacity.

In a news release, Evers said Exact Sciences, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Promega and UW Health will provide laboratory support to help the Wisconsin Clinical Lab Network to bring more testing online. The groups will share resources, knowledge and technology to boost the state’s response, the release said.

“Wisconsin is extremely fortunate to have these industry leaders in our own backyard,” Gov. Evers said. “They are exhibiting the right kind of leadership that all Wisconsinites deserve: stepping up with innovation, cutting down superficial barriers, and doing all they can to help keep Wisconsin communities healthy.”

According to the release, the Wisconsin Clinical Lab Network, which is led by the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene and the Milwaukee Public Health Lab, has been averaging 1,500-2,000 tests per day. Evers said the new public-private partnership is expected to initially double that capacity and continue to expand as more platforms and supplies are made available.

Any residents who are seeking a COVID-19 test are required to receive an order from a doctor, the release said.